30 October 2017 – Beleaguered in Bothell

For Your Information: The evening of 30 October is known as Mischief Night in the United States and Canada. (In some parts of the United States it is known as Devil’s Night, Goosey Night, or Cabbage Night.)

Art for Autumn – Part I of IV: Charles Blackman (Australian, contemporary)

Below – “Life Song”


Remembering a Poet on the Date of Her Death: Died 30 October 1919 – Ella Wheeler Wilcox, American poet and author.

“Solitude”
By Elia Wheeler Wilcox

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone.
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
Sing, and the hills will answer;
Sigh, it is lost on the air.
The echoes bound to a joyful sound,
But shrink from voicing care.

Rejoice, and men will seek you;
Grieve, and they turn and go.
They want full measure of all your pleasure,
But they do not need your woe.
Be glad, and your friends are many;
Be sad, and you lose them all.
There are none to decline your nectared wine,
But alone you must drink life’s gall.

Feast, and your halls are crowded;
Fast, and the world goes by.
Succeed and give, and it helps you live,
But no man can help you die.
There is room in the halls of pleasure
For a long and lordly train,
But one by one we must all file on
Through the narrow aisles of pain.

Art for Autumn – Part II of IV: Peter Blake (British, contemporary)

Below – “Empire State”


Worth a Thousand Words: Timbuktu, Mali.

Art for Autumn – Part III of IV: Lauri Blank (American, contemporary)

Below – “Noche”

Remembering a Poet on the Date of His Birth: Born 30 October 1885 – Ezra Pound, American poet and critic.

Two poems by Ezra Pound:

“And the Days Are Not Full Enough”

And the days are not full enough
And the nights are not full enough
And life slips by like a field mouse
Not shaking the grass

“Ancient Music”

Winter is icummen in,
Lhude sing Goddamm.
Raineth drop and staineth slop,
And how the wind doth ramm!
Sing: Goddamm.

Skiddeth bus and sloppeth us,
An ague hath my ham.
Freezeth river, turneth liver,
Damn you, sing: Goddamm.

Goddamm, Goddamm, ’tis why I am, Goddamm,
So ‘gainst the winter’s balm.

Sing goddamm, damm, sing Goddamm.
Sing goddamm, sing goddamm, DAMM.


Art for Autumn – Part IV of IV: Shari Hatchett Bohlmann (American, contemporary)

Below – Untitled; “Hollywood Stars”; Untitled


Musings in Autumn: Roman Payne

“Ô, Sunlight! The most precious gold to be found on Earth.”


This Date in Art History: Born 30 October 1839 – Alfred Sisley, a French-English painter.

Below – “Molesey Weir”; “Rest along the Stream, Edge of the Wood”; “The Terrace at Saint-Germain, Spring”; “Fog, Boisins”; “Seaside, Langland.”

Remembering an Influential Writer on the Date of His Death: Died 30 October 1987 – Joseph Campbell, American mythologist, scholar, and author.

Some quotes from the work of Joseph Campbell:

“Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.”
“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”
“If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”
“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”
“If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.”
“Life is like arriving late for a movie, having to figure out what was going on without bothering everybody with a lot of questions, and then being unexpectedly called away before you find out how it ends.”
“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.”
“Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.”
“Every religion is true one way or another. It is true when understood metaphorically. But when it gets stuck in its own metaphors, interpreting them as facts, then you are in trouble.”
“We’re not on our journey to save the world but to save ourselves. But in doing that you save the world. The influence of a vital person vitalizes.”
“Half the people in the world think that the metaphors of their religious traditions, for example, are facts. And the other half contends that they are not facts at all. As a result we have people who consider themselves believers because they accept metaphors as facts, and we have others who classify themselves as atheists because they think religious metaphors are lies.”
“Gods suppressed become devils, and often it is these devils whom we first encounter when we turn inward.”
“Instead of clearing his own heart the zealot tries to clear the world.”
“Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy.”
“God is the experience of looking at a tree and saying, ‘Ah!”
“I don’t have to have faith, I have experience.”


This Date in Art History: Died 30 October 1992 – Joan Mitchell, an American abstract expressionist painter and printmaker.

Below – “No Birds”; Untitled; “Yves.”

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